Sierra Leone suffers from regular outbreaks of epidemics, and natural disasters such as the Ebola crisis and the recent Mudslide,which devastated the country.  This strains a health system struggling to recover from the effects of over a decade of conflict.

Young people in Sierra Leone

More than half Sierra Leone’s population was displaced during the conflict, meaning hundreds of thousands of children missed out on a decent education. The secondary school dropout rate being overwhelmingly high while access to vocational training after school continues to be limited for most. As a result, more than 90 per cent of young people work in the informal sector with the majority still living in poverty despite having jobs.

More recently, the Ebola outbreak has had a ruinous effect on Sierra Leone’s economy, forcing businesses to close and devastating the agricultural sector. Many businesses now offer young employees fewer hours, further reducing household income.

Our work in Sierra Leone

John Bishop visited Y Care International projects in Sierra Leone with Sport Relief.

Y Care International supports Sierra Leone YMCA to help the country’s most vulnerable young people to lift themselves out of poverty. Working in city slums and remote rural areas, we create opportunities through entrepreneurship and employment.

We help young people to become healthy and productive entrepreneurs or employees by providing access to clean water, and ensuring health information and services are youth friendly and accessible.

 

 

Mobilising Young People in the Aftermath of Ebola

Liberia, Sierra Leone

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience, Health and wellbeing

Elizabeth’s Story: Surviving Ebola and its Aftermath

Sierra Leone

Health and wellbeing, Enterprise & Employability

Helping young people in Sierra Leone to thrive in a digital age

Sierra Leone

Enterprise & Employability

West Africa; as told by Kate from our ICS Team

Liberia, Sierra Leone, Togo

International Citizen Service

Tailoring her own future, read Marie’s story

Sierra Leone

Enterprise & Employability

It’s all in the training. Read Francis’ story

Sierra Leone

Lamrana from Sierra Leone

Enterprise & Employability

24 Hours in Makeni; my experiences in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone

Kat meeting some of our beneficiaries in Makeni, Sierra Leone

It’s the simple things

Sierra Leone

the Y Care International water tank in the Freetown slum community in Sierra Leone was part funded by the YMCA

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience, Health and wellbeing

YMCA networks in action during crisis

Bangladesh, Liberia, Myanmar, Sierra Leone

Monsoon rains in July 2015 caused widespread flooding across Myanmar. More than 1.6 million people were temporarily displaced. Y Care International and Myanmar YMCA already worked in some of the areas severely affected and acted quickly to provide families with food to support them while they wait for the water to recede and get their livelihoods restarted.

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Eyewitness Report: Sierra Leone mudslide

Sierra Leone

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Sierra Leone struck by mudslide after heavy rains

Sierra Leone

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Collecting youth voices in West Africa

Liberia, Sierra Leone

International Citizen Service

Finding solutions for slum communities

Sierra Leone

Health and wellbeing

Danny Dyer witnesses impact of Y Care International in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

West Africa declared free of Ebola virus

Liberia, Sierra Leone

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Sierra Leone declared free of Ebola virus

Sierra Leone

On the day Sierra Leone is declared Ebola free, meet the young heroes who helped stop the spread of the deadly virus. Photo: Sierra Leone/YMCA

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Young people across Africa take action to make slums safer

Liberia, Sierra Leone, Togo

Young people in slums are accessing clean water and sanitation, receiving training to find jobs and learning skills to have a greater voice in decisions that affect their lives.

Health and wellbeing

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